When prepping this review for inclusion in my Halloween lineup, I had it in my head that Zatanna was a witch. But then I realized that witches and magicians are very different things, even though the lines between the two are pretty blurred. Even more interesting was the new tidbit I just learned; that Zatanna isn't necessarily even human, but rather a member of an ancient race called the Homo magi. Zatanna first appeared in the pages of Hawkman in 1964 and has been a regular (and often understated) character ever since. She also maintained a lot of her trademark costume details; the fishnets, jacket, and tophat to name a few. There was however a stretch of time in the early-to-mid eighties when she donned a blue and white getup with a lobster-looking thing perched on her head. It was a very weird look but I kind of loved it. The costume was brought back in the 2004 Identity Crisis miniseries which luckily spawned this cool action figure. Let's check her out below!
The figures in this series are based off the art of the late Michael Turner (who provided the covers for the comics). The sculpt by Big Chief represents Turner's art very well, but this exaggerated style of art doesn't always make for an anatomically-correct-looking action figure. I think Zatanna is probably the best of all the Turner-styled ladies made by DC Direct, but she's still a little on the awkwardly tall and lanky side.
This Costume of Zatanna's was only made in plastic two other times:
Zatanna Cold-Cast Porcelain Mini-Bust
Sculpted by Karen Palinko
DC Direct 2004
DC HeroClix: Justice League #028
And here are an assortment of images of Zatanna in this costume from the comics.
Time for a Comparison Pic!